The reconstructed Tapae Gate.
Chiang Mai is one of the easiest cities to visit in Thailand. The airport is quite close to town, and the city itself is quite easy to get around. See our article on Practical Information for travelers to Thailand for information on money, visas and other data.
Our article on Accommodations recommends some specific hotels you may want to consider, links to a comprehensive lists of the hotels in Chiang Mai, and where to get the best rate. Once you have a place to stay, you'll also need to think about where to eat. See our article on Food and Drink for a description of some of the local foods as well as a list of some of our favorite restaurants.
If you'd like assistance in planning your trip, see our suggested Itineraries page for starters. This page also has links to some of our tour partners who offer everything from package trips to individually tailored personal tours.